The View from Parliament House – Political Perspectives

On day two of ACFID’s conference, Australia’s leading politicians on international development addressed delegates.

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific             

Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, set out a national interest case for development and the Government’s priorities for the Official Development Assistance program.

You can read her speech in full here

Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific 

Shadow Minister for International and the Pacific, Claire Moore, reflected upon the impact of the Millennium Development Goals and the need for greater recognition – domestically and internationally – of the challenges for the Sustainable Development Goals. Senator Moore argued for the need for great community activism in Australia to advocate for international development.

Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens 

Senator Richard Di Natale emphasised the drop in the official development assistance program and the need to address climate change so regional development gains were not undermined. He argued that the positive story of the work of the Australian NGO community must be heard by the public and within the national debate.